Chris Duncan

I first began drawing as a way to visualize and clarify my ideas for sculpture. Those early pencil and ink drawings were functional, mostly about representing three-dimensional form in a two-dimensional medium. Over time the process of drawing became an end in itself. I became very engaged in the immediacy of making work on paper, and much less interested in using drawings as a provisional or intermediate step towards something else. I often work with charcoal, ink, and white acrylic, so then the palette is black, white, and gray. Lately I’ve added more color into the work. Sometimes I use gouache or collaged elements to introduce color. I improvise a kind of grid or set of swirling forms in pencil or ink, maybe layer on elements of color, and continue the process, adding and removing through many stages until the image begins to develop an identity and a sense of being a whole. I may go back in with gesso and obliterate sections, or cut up the whole drawing and recombine it on a new background. The construction process is essential to the final form. I have a rough idea of how a drawing or sculpture will look but a lot takes place during the making, which is a process of finding the individual character of each work. I inscribe, erase, assemble and disassemble elements looking for combinations of line, weight, and color that make sense visually, emotionally, and physically. In both sculpture and drawing, I hope to achieve a layering of elements that speak through to one another, a kind of balance, a sense of held or contained energy. Expressive qualities of surface; tension between order and its opposite; structure that might be just spinning out of control. In the end I want something that surprises me.

Small Works on Paper

Large Works on Paper






2008 Mellon Faculty Exchange Fellow, Skidmore College

1998,02,05,07,12 Union College Humanities Faculty Development Fund

1993,95,96,98,02 NYFA S.O.S. Grants

1996 Casting Institute Fellowship, SUNY Buffalo

1989 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

1989 Maine Percent for Art Commission

1986 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship


2016 Collar Works, Troy, NY

2010 Teaching Gallery, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY

Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, NY

2005 Gallery 100, Saratoga Springs, NY

2004 Firlefanz Gallery, Albany, NY

2003 Bruno Marina Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

2002, 1998 Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, NY

1997 Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China

1995 Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY

1991 NO B.I.A.S. Artists Space, North Bennington, VT

1990 RCCA Gallery, Troy, NY


2015 Abstractions Carrie Haddad Gallery Hudson NY

2014 Gallery Artists RICO Brooklyn, NY

2013 Raum - Offnung (Spaces - Openings)

Galerie Petrushof Obermarchtal, Germany

Contemporary Drawing/Recent Trends curated by Sylvia de Swaan

Kirkland Art Center Clinton, New York

salem2salem 2013 Salem Art Works Salem NY

2012 salem2salem 2012 Neuen Museum, Schloss Salem, Germany

Cherry Valley Sculpture Trail Cherry Valley NY (curator)

SRAM pArt Project Cedar Lake Theater, NYC

2011 salem2salem 2011 Salem Art Works Salem NY

Outdoor installation Bush Hall Plaza SUNY Delhi, Delhi NY

2010 185th Artist’s Invitational National Academy Museum New York NY

Bloom RICO Brooklyn NY

2009 Art Basel/Miami Allan Stone Gallery, Miami FL

The Art Show at the Armory, Art Dealers Association of America

Allan Stone Gallery, New York NY

Iron Works Rosefsky Gallery SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton NY

Secret Sale Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York NY

Sculptors’ Drawings from the Collection

Munson-William-Proctor Museum, Utica NY

2008 Art Basel/Miami Allan Stone Gallery, Miami FL

Talent Allan Stone Gallery, New York NY

Large Drawing Small Sculpture Mullen Gallery, SUCO, Oneonta NY

Cherry Valley Sculpture Trail Cherry Valley NY

2007 Sculpture Outside Salem Art Works, Salem NY

2006 From the Cultural Corridor Storefront Artists Project, Pittsfield MA

Significantly Small Gallery 100, Saratoga Springs NY

2005 FOUR SCULPTORS New York Studio School Gallery, New York NY

2004 GROUP Allan Stone Gallery, New York NY

Stepping Outdoors SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge NY

Permanent Installation SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh NY

2003 Gallery Artists RICO, Brooklyn NY

Opened Spaces Hudson Valley Community College, Troy NY

ArtFest 2003 Baltimore MD

2002 International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition University of Hawaii,

Honolulu HI (and traveling)

North Shore Sculpture Park, Skokie IL

Drawings by Sculptors College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA


salem2salem, Schloss Salem, Germany; Salem Art Works, Salem NY; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT; Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer MN; Casting Institute, State University of New York at Buffalo; Contemporary Artists’ Center, North Adams MA; Sculpture Space, Utica NY; Triangle Artist’s Workshop, Pine Plains NY


Colby College Waterville ME; Dartmouth College Hanover NH; Nanjing Art Institute Nanjing, China; New York Studio School NYC; Portland School of Art Portland ME; University of Maine at Farmington; University of North Carolina Greensboro; Vermont Studio Center Johnson VT; Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond; West Virginia University Morgantown


2015 May I. & Walter C. Baker Professor of Visual Arts, Union College

2005-present Professor of Visual Arts, Union College

2013-14 Chair, Department of Visual Arts, Union College

2007; 2001-05

1988-2008 Visual Arts Faculty, Union College

1987 Visual Arts Faculty, Bennington College

1983-86 Teaching Assistant/Studio Manager, Bennington College


1983 Assistant to William Tucker, London, UK

1975-1978 Certificate, New York Studio School of Painting and Sculpture, NY NY

1975 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan ME

B.A. English cum laude, Colby College, Waterville ME


Grace Knowlton; Drs. Lois and Morton Marcus; Mr. and Mrs. Norton Reamer; Barbara Schiffrin; Hudson Valley Community College; The Hyde Collection; Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer MN; Salem Art Works Sculpture Park, Salem NY; Munson–Williams–Proctor Institute Museum of Art; North Shore Sculpture Park, Skokie IL; State University of NY, Plattsburgh; Union College; University of Maine System; Virginia Commonwealth University; Robert & Elaine Stein Collection, Wright State University Dayton OH